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Bark Bar of Little Rock Under New Ownership

William Doxey plans to expand the kitchen, upgrade the outdoor play area and give the interior space a makeover. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
Banking & Finance / Business Services

After $30M Merger, Abaca Says Mission Remains the SameLock Icon

In the weeks after Arkansas cannabis financial firm Abaca was acquired for that amount by Colorado’s SHF Holdings Inc. late last year, Abaca co-founder Dan Roda says in some ways, very little. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Public Companies

Abaca Agrees to $30M Acquisition, Will Keep Its Brand and NLR Base

The deal gives the buyer, Colorado-based Safe Harbor Financial, access to more than 300 accounts. read more >
Dan Roda, CEO of Abaca, saw a “huge disconnect” in the banking industry when he realized that cannabis companies were having problems opening accounts. Five years later, Abaca handles banking for 90% of Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry.
Banking & Finance

Abaca Expands Services to California

Cannabis banking firm Abaca of North Little Rock announced it has expanded services to California through a partnership with Pacific Valley Bank of Salinas. The partnership offers a single point […] read more >
Dan Roda, co-founder and CEO of Abaca in North Little Rock.
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Abaca Lands $1.35M InvestmentLock Icon

The company will use the money to “keep fueling our national expansion,” said CEO Dan Roda. read more >
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What’s Neo? A Digital Banking Trend

Neobanks offer digital and nontraditional banking services through an app or platform, with no physical branches. read more >
Dan Roda, CEO of Abaca, saw a “huge disconnect” in the banking industry when he realized that cannabis companies were having problems opening accounts. Five years later, Abaca handles banking for 90% of Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry.
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Neobanking: Abaca Reads Smoke SignalsLock Icon

Here's how central Arkansas was an incubator at the beginning of marijuana fintech. read more >
Dan Roda, co-founder and CEO of Abaca in North Little Rock.
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance

Cannabis Banking Firm Abaca Surpasses $2B in Commerce

Growth has come at a blazing pace for the company. read more >
Dan Roda, co-founder and CEO of Abaca in North Little Rock.
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AgHeritage Hires Craig, Pieroni (Movers & Shakers)

Dalton Craig and John David have joined AgHeritage Farm Credit Services in Little Rock as credit analyst trainees. read more >
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Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association Elects New Board Members

The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, which represents cultivators, dispensary operators and ancillary businesses, has elected nine new members to serve on its board of directors. read more >
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Finding Some Oases Amid Ad Drought

The advertising gods giveth, and they taketh away, particularly these days. read more >
Brian Bauer
Banking & Finance / Health Care

Brian Bauer Leaving Venture Center for Cannabis Fintech Firm Role

Cannabis financial technology firm Abaca Co-founder Brian Bauer is transitioning to a full-time role with Abaca as the chief strategy and revenue officer. read more >
Dan Roda, co-founder and CEO of Abaca in North Little Rock.
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Abaca Fires Up Services for Cannabis Commerce

A North Little Rock enterprise, launched in the Little Rock Technology Park and given flight with venture capital from Colorado, keeps pioneering its way into the burgeoning billions of cannabis commerce. read more >
Elizabeth Michael beat the clock to head public relations for Little Rock's recently-opened AC Hotel.
Investments / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Michael’s AC Hotel Score a Last-Minute SuccessLock Icon

Elizabeth Michael, a partner in the Bark Bar and a PR veteran in Little Rock, describes how the newly opened AC Hotel in downtown Little Rock came to be her client. read more >
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SAFE Banking and Cannabis (Dan Roda Commentary)

SAFE Banking will also enable more banks to begin offering conventional loan products to cannabis operators, with a lower cost of capital than currently available from the mostly nonbank lenders filling this void today. read more >
Abaca Banc is  offering banking services to the medical marijuana industry in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other states. Members include Greg Ellis (seated), and from left to right, Dan Roda, Reed Lewallen and John Foley.
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Abaca Gets Seed Money for Marijuana Financial BusinessLock Icon

A startup that offers financial services to the cannabis industry has scored $800,000 from investors. read more >

Dan Roda, Abaca (40 Under 40)

Dan Roda, a product of Philadelphia, went to law school at nearby Villanova University, and there he met the woman he would follow back to her home: Arkansas. read more >
The 32 companies licensed in Arkansas to sell medical marijuana have sometimes faced challenges in finding commercial real estate zoned for a dispensary.
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Arkansas Pot Plots Proved Smokin’ HotLock Icon

Pinpointing legally permissible real estate for the state’s first medical cannabis enterprises after a 2016 legalization vote was like plunging into the haystack to find the perfect spot for a needle, those involved in the process say. read more >
Abaca Banc is  offering banking services to the medical marijuana industry in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other states. Members include Greg Ellis (seated), and from left to right, Dan Roda, Reed Lewallen and John Foley.
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Abaca Prepares to Bank Marijuana Businesses, Customers

A Little Rock company that originally planned to offer medical marijuana consumers a cashless method for filling their prescriptions has broadened its scope to include financing for marijuana-related businesses. read more >
Martin Thoma and Elizabeth Michael, announcing their new communications firm focused on the cannabis industry, Bud.
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Need Cannabis Marketing? Perhaps This Bud’s for You

Elizabeth Michael has teamed up with Martin Thoma of Thoma Thoma to create Bud Agency, the marketing and PR firm devoted to the new medical marijuana industry. read more >